Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel on the field before the 2014 BCS National Championship game between the Auburn Tigers and the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Scouting Combine: Johnny Manziel Has Big Hands


Johnny Manziel may not have checked into the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine at 6-feet tall like he predicted he would, but the big win of the day for Manziel was his hand size, which was bigger than either Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles.

Manziel’s hands measured at 9 7/8″ where Bridgewater’s were 9 1/4″ and Bortles’ were 9 3/8″.

People are going to be throwing this comparison out there a lot, but Russell Wilson also had huge hands for his height (5’11″) at 10 1/4″. For shorter quarterbacks, being able to grip the ball with ease is a major positive trait, and scouts are seeing this development as such for Manziel.

Despite checking in at under 6’0″ at the Combine, Manziel won’t be playing the game without shoes on so he’ll be over 6’0″ when they play the games.

Anyway, this is just the first wave of over-analysis from this year’s Scouting Combine, so buckle in, but interesting tidbits either way.

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  • FJ doreza

    And this means what? His numbers are inflated due to the lack of a running game at Texas so surely the squirrelly douche bag had to run the ball and throw the ball out of necessity. If you watch his “amazing” plays, the ones where he draws defenders to him as he scrambles like a chicken with it’s head cut off, makes the awesome short to mid range throws, not passes, to receivers that are mostly stationary. WOW..What a superman…so he excels at broken plays that in the NFL would make him look like a frat boy trying to play football with the grown ups. Rarely can he just drop back and make passes, and I mean that he throws, not passes the ball. He can’t make the hard throws to moving receivers, and lacks the arm strength to throw accurately downfield, the sideline out or the back shoulder throws consistently like a Zach Mettenberger can. LSU vs Texas showed just how lame he was when playing against a good defense with speed. They sacked him, forced him back out of the pocket as he then made terrible throws= that would translate into more interceptions in the NFL.So, the fact that he’s short doesn’t bother me, nor do his big hands impress…as he will need them when NFL players are going to come after this prick with fervor. I can’t wait to see it. Houston would be wise to pick Clowney or trade him for 2 lower picks and get Fales or Carr. But stay away from Zach, I want him for the Bears.